Thursday, November 25, 2010
Its time to vote for the Festival of Trees. Please go to the following website and view
my tree. It counts as a vote. I would really appreciate your taking the time to do this.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Its time for all the festivities to start around the area and in our Central Park. The park is known for its lighting and all the light displays that are around the 1 1/2 mile perimiter and down thru the park center area. The large victorian homes that surrond the park are decked out in their finest too. My husband walks with a group around the park 6 days a week starting at 7am. They asked if I would help them submit and then paint a Christmas card to be put up with others submitted. They all brought cards and then decided on several, then my opinion on which of them would be the best to do. I did a rendition in colored pencil, they submitted it to the park board and it was approved. The work began. It had to be a certain size, built to their specs, painted black on the back, etc. Then it was ready for me. I planned out the base colors, gave them the sizes of the painting areas. They measured and drew out the under colors, then painted them the colors that were in the design. When that was finished, I drew on the dove that went over all the colors and then they painted that in. When all was done, it was brought into my family room, 8'x 4' wide of it, LOL, to warm up so I could then do the final painting on it. I did the shading and the hilights to give it dimension. The second side of the card was measured out around the edges for areas to bring in the other sides colors. On that the message they wanted and all their names were put on. So last Saturday the card was taken in to the park and put up for Mondays tree lighting and all the lights in the parks ceremony. Of course it also had to rain then too. So the above pictures are of the cards steps. My husband and his brother Bob were in the first pictures doing some of the details, while the next one is of my brother in law doing lettering. The last is the card waiting for its hinges. This is also how it is set up in the park. This was all during the time I was working on my tree for the Festival too. No pressure here....LOL.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Its that time of year again. I was really going to stay firm and say no to all donations from The Painted Gift this
holiday season, but as you can see that was short lived. With the move into a shop in our downtown Pendleton Art Gallery and Shops and several other committments the last several months I had not planned on taking on another one. I got the call the day before we left for MI just before Halloween....sigh, they got me at a weak moment...LOL, for me that seems to be all the time to please help out and do another tree as they were down some in numbers for the silent auctions. The pink tree and I did not get along from the very start! LED lighting is required on the trees, they are not made in pink cording nor that many in white yet either. So being me, I taped off all the lights and then sprayed the cords that I had strung from tree to tree in our yard. I put the first set of lights on the tree, started the next set, decided to plug them in to see where to place them, to find out they came in a true white and a warm white, which was already on the tree. Luckily I did have another set and they were the warm so then sprayed yet another cord of 32 LED lights. Had to leave for an errand when I found out after leaving the driveway and into the sunshine that all three cans of pink spray paint 'overspray' was now covering my car! What saved me was my car was in dire need of a wash and most of the overspray settled on to that and washed away in the car wash. After that fiasco and a bottle of wine things definately got better and fell into place.
Last nite was the check in for the tree, tonight are the interviews for the press and for the online voting. Wednesday nite is the judging and Thursday the evening with the press and the decorators with the public opening on Friday. I will post when the online voting is open here on my blog.